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autowith Aug 11th, 2003 03:46 AM

How to pronounce spiedini?
How do you pronounce the Italian word spiedini?

Is it spee-a-dean-knee or spee-dean-knee?

LeCanard Aug 11th, 2003 04:05 AM

Let's say,

<Spie> SP as in SPecial + IE as in YEld

<di> as in Sandra DEE
<ni> as in NIckel.

Scarlett Aug 11th, 2003 04:55 AM

One of the first words in Italian my son learned :)
Spe deee neee

StCirq Aug 11th, 2003 06:52 AM

You've basically got it right on the first try, except that when speaking you wouldn't enunciate each syllable so clearly, so think spyay dee nee.

Deloris Aug 12th, 2003 08:41 PM

Right! It's spydeenee

Calamari Aug 13th, 2003 09:13 PM

Spee-dee-knee. By the way, why do you ask? Have a good restaurant tip?

hanl Aug 13th, 2003 10:12 PM

St Cirq's right - it's spyay-dee-nee The i and e are pronounced separately.
My Italian teacher would have a fit if I got my pronounciation wrong.

Calamari Aug 13th, 2003 10:35 PM

That is EXACTLY how Forrest Gump would pronounce it.

siena_us Aug 13th, 2003 10:52 PM

It is not spyay but spi-eh-dee-nee An e in Italian is pronounced as eh not ay. If your Italian teacher is teaching it to you this way then they are wrong (get a refund ;-) )

hanl Aug 14th, 2003 03:16 AM

OK, without a phonetic font to hand, I thought the best way to show the Italian "e" was as ay but you're right that "eh" is probably closer (although a lot depends on your accent - and mine's Scottish - though I like to think my Italian accent's pretty good, despite my poor attempts at phonetic spelling).

cmt Aug 14th, 2003 03:40 AM

The short "e" sound in English is closer than the "ay" if you are trying to pronounce the Italian "e." In fact, I remember being in a group of Americans and Italians when the Italians were mimicking the way Americans pronounce Italian badly, while Americans were mimicking Italian accents. One of the things the Italians found particularly amusing to imitate in American tourists's accents was the tendency to stretch out vowels in Italian words, for example, by pronouncing Dante as "Dantay." The "ay" sound in English is approximately like the "ei" in Italian. The pure "e" in Italian does not have that subtle "y" at the end of the sound.

(There's no perfect way to explain these sounds, using only the alphabet. We can't type the international phonetic symbols here, and anyway most of us either never learned them, or have forgotten them.)

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